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The Florida Historic Marker Council next month will consider adding an official state marker to what is now “Tom Petty Park” in Gainesville.
The council’s agenda was released Thursday.
According to the application, one of 11 under consideration, the Gainesville Music History Foundation is sponsoring the marker.
It would be erected in what used to be called Northeast Park, renamed last year.
Petty, a Gainesville native who became an “international rock star,” often played in the park while he was growing up a block away, the application said.
He died in California in late 2017 at the age of 66.
“He had a successful 40-year career as a rock musician in the band he created called Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,” the foundation wrote in the application, explaining the need for a marker.
“He was also a member of the group toured the world called the Traveling Wilburys that included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.”
The Council’s next meeting is Aug. 2 in the R. A. Gray Building in Tallahassee.
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